NSPCC Underwear Rule – Keeping Deaf Children Children Safe from Abuse


This video is made for parents and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing to show how to keep deaf children safe from child sexual exploitation and abuse. This video shows the story of a young man who’s deaf and his hearing mother, and a young girl and her dad who are both deaf and how they navigate teaching their children about how to stay safe from abuse.

The underwear rule is a rule that anything under your pants is private. If someone asks you to see, or touch then you say no. Your body is yours and no one else's. Finally, the video teaches that if a secret makes you feel sad, frightened or nervous, you need to tell an adult that you trust.


Resources for deaf or hard of hearing people are important to include because those individuals face the same challenges hearing people do but the information is often harder to find. This video can be used for hearing and non-hearing people as it contains subtitles. It is inclusive and shows a variety of situations with a male who is pressured by an older female and a young girl who is pressured by a male. This variation shows that it can happen to anyone at any age. The video is really interesting and helps to reach out to communities that are often marginalised in resources such as this.

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